Author: Charles Glenn

Election results are in for Marion County

Ryan Patraw process ballots at the Marion County Clerk’s Office in Salem on Monday, May 16. Each ballot goes through several steps before it is scanned to have the vote tabulated. )Photo by RON COOPER of the Oregon Capital Chronicle) The November showdown for governor will include Democrat Tina Kotek[Read More…]

Library work group recommends public vote

Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service Executive Director John Hunter offered analysis and answered questions from the Library Work Group members at a May 4 meeting. (Charles Glenn/Keizertimes) A city library work group might be the last place you’d expect to find disagreement over the basic function and purpose of elected[Read More…]

Keizer Police fire back after accusations of bias

Demonstrators from an anti-LGBTQ+ group turned out to disrupt Keizer’s first-ever Pride Fair in June of last year. After being confronted by attendees and urged by the police to leave the group departed and did not return. (Photo submitted by CYNDI SWANEY) Claire Snyder is the organizer behind Keizer’s Pride[Read More…]

KeizerFEST moves to Keizer Rapids Park

Starting this year, KeizerFEST will now be held in August, prompting speculation and public support for holding the event at Keizer Rapids Park. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce, who stages the event each year and is recommending the location change, sent an informal request to city hall recently for preliminary approval.[Read More…]

County leaders address rising crime

Marion County Commissioners Colm Willis and Danielle Bethell spoke at the Mid-Willamette Valley Public Safety and Crime Discussion, May 2, at the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center in Salem. (Charles Glenn/Keizertimes) Business and civic leaders from around the Mid-Willamette Valley met Monday, May 2 at the Chemeketa Small Business Development[Read More…]

Crime analyst is department’s hub

Cara Steele, left, with Police Lt. Andrew Copeland. Keizer Patrol Division Supervisor Lt. Andrew Copeland describes the city’s Crime Analyst, Cara Steele, as “the hub” for the police department in fighting crime. Every section of the department relies on her work and nearly every piece of important criminal data in[Read More…]

Keizer’s got some lucky dogs

KPD Officer Scott Keniston has been with the department since 2007 and a K9 handler since 2009. K9 Blitz is a Belgian Malinois. Blitz is responsible for tracking and trailing, building and area searches, discarded article searches, suspect apprehension and officer protection.KPD Officer Jeremy Darst with K9 Max. Darst has[Read More…]

Brown era begins

Adam Brown arrived in Keizer this week to take over for Wes Hare as the city’s new chief executive. The former Ontario, Ore. city manager said he’s all about collaboration and building teamwork. “Building relationships is number one,” he said. “Then assessing where the organization is at and helping to build[Read More…]